Date: Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Tip-Off: 8:07 p.m. CDT
Location: Dallas, Texas
Arena: American Airlines Center (10,146)
Talent: Pam Ward (pxp), Stephanie White (analyst), Beth Mowins (sideline)
Radio: 92.9 FM
Talent: Rick May (pxp), Lori Fogleman (color)
Video Web Stream: www.ESPN3.com (free)
Audio Web Stream: www.BaylorBears.com (free)
Live Stats: www.BaylorBears.com (free)
In-Game Blog: www.BaylorBears.com (free)
BAYLOR LADY BEARS
Record: 34-2, 15-1 Big 12
Ranking (AP/ESPN): 3/3
Last Game: W, 86-76, vs. Green Bay
Head Coach: Kim Mulkey
Career Record: 298-78 (11th season)
Record at Baylor: same
Mulkey vs. Texas A&M: 22-4
Baylor vs. Texas A&M: 47-35
TEXAS A&M AGGIES
Record: 30-5, 13-3 Big 12
Ranking (AP/ESPN): 8/8
Last Game: W, 79-38, vs. Georgia
Head Coach: Gary Blair
Career Record: 593-242 (26th season)
Record at Texas A&M: 185-79 (8th season)
Blair vs. Baylor: 3-16
With Sunday's win over Green Bay, Baylor, at 34-2, set a Big 12 record for single-season wins. The Lady Bears held the previous mark of 33 which it set during the 2004-05 NCAA championship season.
In Baylor's three 2011 NCAA Tournament games, the team is shooting an impressive .519 (83-160) from the field. Four players are shooting 50 percent or above; Brittney Griner (.630), Destiny Williams (.625), Brooklyn Pope (.565) and Kimetria Hayden (.500).
Brittney Griner is the nation's leader in blocked shots this season, as she now has 168 rejections, passing St. Mary's Louella Tomlinson's 151 (Tomlinson's season is complete).
Griner's career high 40 points vs. Green Bay were the most by a BU player since Danielle Crockrom scored 41 at Texas A&M on Jan. 20, 2001.
Baylor won a program-record 15 Big 12 regular-season games. The Lady Bears became the seventh Big 12 champion to win at least 15 league games in the league's 15-year history.
Baylor has now won at least 29 games in three of head coach Kim Mulkey's 11 seasons and has won 30 or more games twice; 33 in 2005 and a school-record 34 in 2011.
BU has posted its sixth 30-win season ever, and second under Kim Mulkey. Four of BU's 30-win seasons came before women's basketball was recognized as an NCAA Championship sport.
Baylor has held its opponents to a league-leading .322 field goal percentage this season while shooting .477.
Baylor's Brittney Griner is a contender for National Player of the Year honors while point guard Odyssey Sims is a National Freshman of the Year candidate. The tandem joins Melissa Jones as All-America candidates as well.
BU, 15-1 in league play, outscored its Big 12 opponents by 18.4 points per game and won 12 of its 16 conference games by 12 or more points. Baylor's three non-double-digit Big 12 wins were road victories at No. 6/5 Texas A&M (63-60), Jan. 30 and at No. 16/15 Oklahoma (82-81), Feb. 27 and a home victory over the fifth-ranked Aggies (67-58), Feb. 14.
Baylor is 13-1 vs. ranked opponents this season, including four top 10 victories, and has won 13 straight vs. ranked foes. The Lady Bears have posted a +12.0 scoring margin over their 14 ranked opponents this season.
Against ranked opponents, Odyssey Sims owns a higher scoring average than her season scoring mark. Sims averages 17.0 ppg vs. ranked foes vs. 13.4 ppg on the season.
Brittney Griner hit just 19-of-32 free throws over the season's first four games, including 5-of-13 at No. 1 UConn, but has since hit 81.3 percent (208-of-256) to move her season mark from .594 to .789. Over the last 14 games, Griner is 101 of 119 (.849) from the free throw line, including 10-of-10 vs. Green Bay.
Baylor leads the Big 12 Conference in 12 categories: scoring offense, scoring defense, scoring margin, field goal percentage, field goal percentage defense, 3-point FG percentage, 3-point FG percentage defense, rebounding offense, rebounding margin, blocked shots, assist/turnover ratio and defensive rebounds.
BAYLOR IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
With Sunday's 86-76 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 victory over Green Bay, Baylor advanced to the Elite Eight for the second straight season and third time in program history. In NCAA Tournament play, BU is 2-0 in the Elite Eight, 1-1 in the semifinals and 1-0 in championship games. All-told, the Lady Bears are 22-8 (.733) in 10 NCAA trips, all of which have come under Kim Mulkey.
Baylor advanced behind Brittney Griner's 10th season double-double, with a career-high 40 points and 10 rebounds, against Green Bay. Also joining Griner in double-digit scoring was Odyssey Sims with 18. Baylor shot a season-high .589 (33-56) in the winning effort.
The Lady Bears, riding a 10-game win streak, take on eighth-ranked and second-seeded Texas A&M, a 79-38 winner over sixth-seeded Georgia.
Tuesday's Baylor/Texas A&M matchup marks the fourth meeting between the long-time rivals this season. The Lady Bears have won all three contests; 63-60 in College Station, 67-58 in Waco and 61-58 in the Big 12 Championship's title game in Kansas City, Mo. Baylor has won 22 of the last 25 contests, including eight straight victories. Overall, on neutral courts, the Lady Bears hold a 7-4 edge, including four straight neutral court wins.
SCOUTING THE AGGIES
Located in College Station, Texas, the Texas A&M Aggies are 30-5 on the season. Texas A&M's five losses came at fifth-ranked Duke (61-58), against No. 1 Baylor (63-60, 67-58, 61-58) and at Kansas State (71-67). The Aggies are riding a three-game win streak.
The Aggies are led in scoring and rebounding by senior Danielle Adams' 22.7 point and 8.7 rebound averages, she is followed by junior forward Tyra White at 13.7 points and guard Sydney Carter's 10.2 an outing. Adora Elonu, a junior forward, ranks second on the team in rebounding with 5.7 a contest.
The Aggies are coached by eighth-year head coach Gary Blair (Texas Tech, 1972). Blair is 185-79 (.701) in his eight seasons along the Texas A&M sideline and 593-242 (.710) in 26 seasons as a head coach.
SERIES RECORDS VS. TEXAS A&M
Baylor leads the series 47-35 and has won 22 of the last 25 contests, including eight straight wins. Overall, on neutral courts, the Lady Bears hold a 7-4 edge, including four straight neutral court wins.
Kim Mulkey is 22-4 overall vs. the Aggies and 4-0 on neutral courts (2003, `06, `09, `11).